Pros and Cons of Marijuana

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The legalization of marijuana has been a highly debated topic for many of years. Since the first president to the most recent, our nation’s leaders have consumed the plant known as weed. With such influential figures openly using this drug why is it so frowned upon? Marijuana is considered a gateway drug, a menace to society, and mentally harmful to its consumers. For some people weed brings a sense of anxiety, dizziness, or unsettling feeling. Like alcohol, tobacco or any other drug, those chemicals may not respond well with their body. For other people marijuana brings joy, a sense of relief, and takes the edge off of every day stress. For those who are associated with cannabis, purposes usually range from a relaxant, or cash crop, to…show more content…
Countless trees would be allowed to remain standing for oxygen production and carbon sequestration, which would reduce global warming. With the legalization of marijuana we could start to once again uses and create these materials through hemp. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. In fact at one point every farmer was required to designate a percent of their crops to growing hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper; and Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper (Conrad, Frazier). Hemp can be used for a number of things and is good for the environment, but the part of the plant that gets people “high” is THC. This is interesting because delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC pills have been approved by the FDA and have been on the market since 1985 (Dubner para.5). So if the only part of the plant that is abused for recreational use is legal for you to purchase what the government is so worried about? Of course health concerns could not be the answer, or tobacco would be illegal as well. To discover this answer we must first dive deeper into the context. One function of government is to protect citizens from harm, whether it is from foreign enemies or from internal causes such as poisonous food or contaminated water. Similarly, the ban on marijuana protects citizens from the dangers of drug consumption, as well as potentially
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